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Throwback Episode – Planning on Going to College?


This week, we’re going to throw it back! A month or so ago, I reminded you that I interviewed Susan Sacco from Black Hawk College on Episode #30 of the podcast. Whether you are a Senior considering Black Hawk or any other schooling after graduation, or if you’re a Junior that is looking ahead, Susan has valuable information for you in this interview.

This information isn’t necessarily specific to Black Hawk College.

In your IEP meetings, QC STEP staff has probably mentioned that the services your receive in high school are quite a bit different than what you will receive in post-high school education.

In this interview, you will learn:

  • When you should start the process of applying.
  • What the registration process is, from the COMPASS Test to meeting with an advisor to signing up for classes.
  • Why you should keep your Senior IEP.
  • What accommodations you receive in high school that you will not be able to receive in college.
  • What accommodations you CAN receive in college.
  • What a VISA form is and how it can help you at Black Hawk College.

Here’s the video for the interview and I’ll be back next week with a new episode of the podcast.


Podcast #17 – 1/29/13
What to wear to a job fair

Welcome to the 17th episode of the QC STEP Podcast. Like usual, I start this episode off by going through the current job leads. There are a few and if you would like information on any of these leads, contact us by using the form below.

The 2013 QC Career Fair for People with Disabilities is on March 4th at the iWireless Center and on this episode, I talk with you about how you should dress for a job fair.

At the end of the episode, I play a video from the website SoulPancake. I saw this video and wanted to share it with all of you.


If you would like more information on these leads, or assistance with applying for these positions, contact us:


Podcast #15 – 1/15/2013
“My First Job with Michele Hemm”

Welcome to the 15th episode of the QC STEP Podcast. I hope everyone had a relaxing break and is ready to take on the second half of the school year.

I am really surprised at the number of job leads there are to share this week. Typically, this is a very slow period as far as open positions with employers. If you are looking for a job, I would encourage you to not let these rare opportunities pass. If you would like more information on these leads, or if you would like assistance from Gary or Cari with filling out the applications or practicing interviews, contact us via the form below. One of the job leads I provide is Niabi Zoo and the contact email is:

In this episode, we play the first installment of a new series we are calling “My First Job”. In the podcast, I explain what the purpose of this series is. On today’s episode, Michele Hemm sits down with Gary to talk about her first job.

At the end of the episode, I talk about the snow shoveling opportunities in the winter and if you’d like to print off the flyers we created, you can download them here. Snow Shoveling Flyer


If you would like more information on these positions, fill out this form.


Podcast #13 – 12/11/12 –
Turning a volunteer job into an employer paid job

Welcome to the 13th episode of the QC STEP Podcast. To start off the episode, I go through the current job leads. You’ll also hear an interview that I did with Bruce, someone that was in a high school work program. Bruce and his brother Teddy lost their jobs at a video store because it went out of business.

Bruce and Teddy started volunteering in the community and through this volunteer work, they were offered employer paid positions. In the interview with Bruce and his mother Consuelo, you’ll hear how this happened. The agency they are now working for actually created these positions. Consuelo will also give you a few suggestions on how to possibly turn your training position or volunteer job into an employer paid job.

Janine Olson gives us the Tip of the Week on this episode. The title is “Mentally Preparing For an Interview”.


Podcast #12 – 12/04/2012

Welcome to the 12th episode of the QC STEP Podcast. In this episode, I share the current job leads. Gary Maiden gives us the Tip of the Week, which is entitled “Do Something”.

You will notice there is a video version of the podcast this week. This is something new we are trying and it will probably be a regular option. The content of the video and audio are exactly the same.


Why Should I Want To Work?

So your parents, teachers and everyone around you want you to get a job. The question is, why should YOU want to work? In this video, Gary gives you five reasons that you should want to work.


Video of Tip of the Week for 10/29/2012

Don Kearney gives us the Tip of the Week, which is entitled “Got a Job? Keep it!”


Video of Tip of the Week for 10/22/2012

Janine Olson is the new Youth Transition Educator and she gives us the tip “Do Your Research”.


Video of the Tip of the Week for 10/15/2012

This week, Gary Maiden provides us with the Tip of the Week. Gary’s tip this week is “First Impressions, Lasting Impressions”.


Video – “How to fill out new-hire paperwork”

When you start a new job, one of the first things you will need to do is fill out some paperwork. This video will walk you through the various forms (I-9, Federal W-4 and Illinois W-4) that you will be filling out. Like most government forms, these can be confusing when you first look at them, but we’ll show you the parts you will need to focus on and how to fill those parts out.